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While the Kardashians professed on last night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians that they would protect Lamar Odom’s rep to any end, we think they might have missed the mark. Why? Because of the emotional and at times incoherent phone calls between Lamar and the Kardashian sisters featured throughout the episode.

The second episode in the show’s ninth season played out the drama of late September, when Lamar’s father, Joe, blamed the Kardashians for his son’s problems in a tabloid interview. Throughout the hour-long episode, Lamar places calls to Khloe and Kim apologizing for his father, and at times it’s hard to tell whether he’s just emotional or if there’s something else going on.

There have been enough rumors and speculations about Lamar having a substance abuse problem to fill the Library of Congress at this point, so it’s hard to hear those conversations and not read into them. However, it can’t be ignored that Lamar sounds a little out of it when talking to Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe.

It’s especially noticeable when Khloe calls him to remind him to show up for an appointment with attorney Robert Shapiro (who worked with Robert Kardashian, Sr. on the OJ Simpson defense team). “Hiiiiii guuuuys,” he slurs at Kendall and Kylie over speakerphone, sounding either very sleepy or... other.

Earlier in the episode, Kim promises Lamar that, no matter what happens, they would never, ever say anything bad about him. Seems to us they don’t have to — just roll the footage, right guys?